After allowing Alikhan Hawkthorne some rest, the group asked her to explain what exactly happened in that store. She answered by first telling them what the Disciples of Erathaol really were: conjurators specialized in the summoning of fiends and in their manipulation for the cause of good. She also told them that on that fateful night, the grand master of their little group, was trying to determine who were responsible for the death of the Champion of Tyr and the High Lady Scion of Siamorphe by summoning a powerful demon at the service of Cyric, Lord of Murder.
As the demon appeared within the circle, ready to be interrogated, a group of tyrran knights entered the conjuration chamber with a declaration from Tyr's new champion, Harkas Kormallis. This edict accused them of being tainted by demonic influence and would face Tyr's judgement for the crimes commited by the fiends they summoned. As a loud argument started between the two factions, the glabrezu freed himself and summoned three demons to his help: a bar-lgura, a succubus and a vrock. Rapidly, most of the disciples and a few of the inquisitors were butchered but not before the grand master had banished back the glabrezu.
If not for the intervention of the group, the three demons would have killed the rest of the occupants of the shop's basement and would now be three wrecking havoc in the streets. Realizing that someone had targeted the disciples for assassination, she admitted not knowing of any ennemy organizations besides demonic cults.
After an heated debate over the morality of demon summoning for the cause of good, Alikhan and her rescuers went to sleep without any clues about all the problems they would face on the next morning.
Returning to Stardust Hall for his duties and to inform Moonmother Stardust about the situation, Rhivaun Silvermantle of Selûne saw the carriage transporting High Initiate Felnarra Orkalion, the prior of the House of the Moon, right in front of the orphanage. The High Priestess' assistant, reputed for her foul mood and her haughty attitude, was particularly mad this day. She was accompanied by a small man dressed in a clerk's outfit.
Summoned to Vivian's office, Rhivaun was severely blamed for bringing the church of Selûne into a conflit with the clergy of Tyr. House of the Moon's prior informed Vivian and Rhivaun that Tyr's Champion, Harkas Kormallis, made an official complaint about the events that took place in the Disciples' hideout and the offer of asylum that the young priest proposed to the wizard wanted by Tyr's inquisition. The zealot paladin asked for her immediate release and also demanded harsh punishment for the youngsters who interfered with hsi agents. Fearing long-term conflict with the most powerful church in town, Orkallion ordered Moonmother Stardust to accept the demands of Kormallis.
Already in conflict with her prior, Vivian defended her stepson and his friends as much as she could before the High Initiate stopped the discussions. She would place the orphanage under the direct supervision of an administrator who would report to her directly. The surviving member of the Disciples would be delivered to the tyrrans and Stardust Hall's "troublemakers"would lay low or be expelled from the building and from the church.Unwilling to negociate, High Initiate Orkallion left soon after, leaving the new administrator, Brandon "The Stern", in charge.
Not willing to really punish her children, Vivian gave more them more tasks related to their actual occupations within the orphanage and begged them to stop any ongoing investigation for a while. Rhivaun was assigned to the House of the Moon's library under the tutelage of Celenor, an old friend of his family.
Realizing Alikhan was wanted by both the church of Tyr and Selûne and unknown assassins, Petyr proposed to help her search for a mean to leave Waterdeep, hiding her first in Thoross' appartment and then in Dock Ward, far away from her ennemies. One week later, the malconvoker was on a ship bound for Baldur's Gate and left the harbor unoticed.
A month later, the stubborn adventurers were ready to resume their investigation, still concerned that an unknown criminal organization, presumably the Shadow Thieves, was active in South ward and in Waterdeep at large. Realizing that, as citizens they didnt had the authority to investigate properly and that the corruption within the watch was so generalized that they could not trust the watchmen, Ayanna and Drudarch proposed to start an official private investigators' guild with the blessing of the Lords.
Finally getting an audience in front of Open Lord Piergeiron and his fellow masked Lords, Ayanna, Drudarch and Petyr exposed their ideas to the Paladinson. Unfortunately, the Lords rejected their demand since they did not wished to undermine the watch's legitimity. Disapointed, the trio returned to South ward and joined Arya and Rhivaun at the Midnight's Sun for a drink. There, a bearded man in an explorer's outfit asked if he could join them at their table.
This fellow introduced himself as Malchor Harpell, a wizard who had heard about their initiative with the Lords and who thought he could help by financing their operations. As a powerful wizard, Harpell would also provide magical items and information. He did not asked for something in echange, only adding that "Waterdeep's, an more importantly South Ward's security and prosperity were the best rewards he could ask for".
After a honest discussion, their new patron left, giving them some information about some vandalism in a small neighborhood in South ward. He also told them that even though the watch was warned, no one even bothered to visit or to investigate.
With these informations, the group went on Coachlamp's Lane to see for themselves what happened in that neighborhood. Talking to traumatised residents, they soon realized that the thugs who attacked them not only destroyed their stores and houses but also kidnapped some of their children. The kids who had disappeared all had problems with authority or were to easily angered and prone to violence. It did not took long for the investigators to understand that the attack was a way to recruit new members in the gang. Since the attack happened at night and the brutes promised to return, the group decided to set up a vigil on the roof of one of the tallest building to assess the situation. The gang did not returned that night and the tired adventurers returned to Stardust Hall the next morning to resume their ordinary fonctions as teachers for the orphans.
After a long day or work was about to end, our heroes were called by a despaired resident of Coachlamp's Lane, begging them to come to the rescue. The brutes were back and were attacking some defenseless citizens. The two fastest members of the group, Ayanna and Arya, immediately followed the old man, asking Drudarch to inform Petyr and Rhivaun of the situation.
The two heroic ladies soon realized that the distress call was a trap when three thugs armed with battleaxes and displaying barbarian-like powers, attacked them. Challenged by more powerful foes, Arya and Ayanna used their good sense of tactics (and dirty tricks)to stall their opponents who were soon backed by a fourth unseen ennemy. Clearly disadvantaged at two against four, Ayanna still succeeded in neutralizing one of the barbarians but not before one of his fellows had stroke down Arya with his axe. Using her as an hostage, the gangers, led by a tatooed man with claw-like nails, tried to negociate Ayanna's surrender. Unfortunately for them, Drudarch arrived at this precise moment, giving Ayanna the opportunity to prepare a counterstrike.
Understanding the dire situation the two girls were in, Drudarch retreated to get Petyr and Rhivaun's help. Hiring a street kid to deliver the message back to the orphanage, Drudarch climbed on a roof to scout for more ennemies. Back in the alley, Ayanna used the distraction of her half-elven friend's sudden appearance to neutralize another thug and save Arya. Loosing the advantage, the tatooed leader fled the scene leaving his fellow brigand to the tabaxi swordsage.
Beshaba had clearly chosen the party that day because as soon as Ayanna and Arya were out of harm, Drudarch was discovered by scouts for the gang who targeted him with their bows. Using his draconic wings, the monkish half-elf left his hideout to face his opponents on the other side of the street. Fortunately for him, he was soon joined by his friends inside the building were another little group of thugs were hiding. Against six opponents, all displaying the same powers as their fellows in the alley, the fight was almost hopeless. Especially since most of them had silversheen and were aware of Rhivaun's condition. One of them even teased the young cleric by promising him a "worthy death when he would be sacrificed to Malar". He also had a tatoo on his arm identifying him as one of the Scarred Beasts.
With many wounded, the group was forced to flee but could proudly say that they had downed at least two of their opponent before. They now had a better idea of who their ennemy was: the Scarred Beasts, a street gang that included worshippers of Malar the Beastlord, one of Selûne's major ennemy. Rhivaun was furious and calling for an holy war against the malarites as the others' only wish was to rest and to be healed.
As one ennemy was finally revealed, our heroes now needed to plan their next move against it hence it would spread chaos, fear and death in South ward's streets…